Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Official Websites: http://theoohtray.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
88% Hustlers (2019) If the movie's ultimately aim is to understand how this seedy scam came about, it succeeds. If the hope is to generate sympathy - well, that would be a kind of con, wouldn't it? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
81% Downton Abbey (2019) Welcome to Downton Abbey: The Movie, or 10 b-stories hung on an event. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) The second half of the story plays like a bland re-telling of the first. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The bus advertising reminds you that this is the third film in the series; an implicit acknowledgement from the filmmakers that they've made a derivative and therefore forgettable product. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Perhaps the reason Tarantino doesn't look to the future is that, thanks to filmmakers like him, there's nothing there. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Who was the story consultant, Michael Bay? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
33% The Current War (2019) The Current War is highly stylised and edited for pace, ensuring that even the most obtuse teen will be carried along by the bombastic staging and heightened performances. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) A visual effects milestone without a human connection is a movie in name only. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A story so slight that it might have featured as a bonus feature on the Conjuring's Blu-ray. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
35% Anna (2019) A movie that feels oddly jarring; a story that's unanchored and unreal. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A self-indulgent one joke act of prolonged masturbation. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) Stuber's an entertaining diversion on the strength of its leads alone. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A simple and straightforward kids' own adventure, that like every Marvel movie before it, lacks a signature style and personality. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Destined to become the go to movie for women disgruntled with their men everywhere. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Curtis isn't interested in teasing out the possibilities of his fantasy premise; genuinely interesting questions like what would a world without the Beatles sound like? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) If Trekkies ever needed reminding that their thoughtless and thought terminating rejection of the so-called black sheep of the Trek family was imbecilic then and, in the age of Star Trek: Discovery, indefensible now, this is the time. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) So outlandish and contrived, as to be darkly comic. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It provides a resolution for all the toys, which though predicated on the same idea as previous films, namely each toy finding their purpose, gives that theme expression in a way that feels more individuated to the characters and satisfying. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn has some nice ideas - an alien wasp-like predator is indeed creepy, and it makes a fist of some disturbing setpieces on a limited budget, but it fails as a character study. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) Everyone's dressed for a funeral and that's the right look because if we keep getting movies like this one we'll be putting the cinematic experience in the ground. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A lethargic affair, in which the entire cast appear to be carrying out a contractual obligation rather than putting the seal on their First Class characterisations. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
54% Ma (2019) Ma has no greater ambition that to deliver a b-grade teens in peril picture. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) In the absence of out and out jokes, because this is still a movie in thrall to the orthodoxy that everyone must be on all the time, there's a pleasing optimism. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It would be even better Keanu Reeves could emote or deliver a line of dialogue, but he's so good shooting, punching, and kicking people, one can forgive him. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) A cynical bid to mine old memories for new dollars. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Something incredible has happened and I need to tell someone - Dexter Fletcher has made a great movie. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's just as lifeless as you feared. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) How to tell today's tots that once going to the movies was about selling them stories not related products? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) It plays like a Wayans Brothers' parody of Frank Oz's movie. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long shot? If such a thing happened in the real world you'd hear a gun shot. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) We won't talk about the technobabble inelegantly cited in a bid to hold it all together - the equivalent of taking out an airplane's jackscrews and replacing them with chewing gum. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Better dead than Red Joan. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) A pornographic celebration of immorality. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) King by numbers. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) It has just enough charm and gentle humour to be enjoyable, the way a hot milk drink eases the transition to sleep. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
93% Us (2019) An intriguing and uncanny attack on America's divided self. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) If Captain Marvel had been lovingly crafted and shot with style, perhaps the void at its heart would have mattered less. But Larson's fighter pilot, turned galactic defender, is the central character a characterless movie deserves. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's lip curling in places...but there's not enough brutality or absurdity to make Cold Pursuit anything other than evocative of better movies. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Great fun. Part 3 anyone? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The canvas is colourful and detailed, the characters likable but after a promising first act, the film gets bogged down in world building, punctuated by setpiece fights that advance the story not one inch. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Hell, make a few more like this, Melissa, and you might be forgiven. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
67% Vice (2018) A biopic ripe with innuendo and scurrilous incident that asks its audience to join the dots and draw up its own indictment. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Attempts to marry the realist take on the superhero mythos from the first film with the schlock sensibility of the second. This is like putting a cat's head on a raven's body. The creature doesn't live long but while it does it's fascinating to watch. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots works as an exploration of women born to power, struggling to survive in a ruthless patriarchal order. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The mordant characterisation and precision staging make for an unsettling and unkind spectacle. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Marks the moment Disney ceased to become a movie studio in the traditional sense. Pastiche is their game now - cannibalising and regurgitating, in the most perfunctory, mechanistic way possible, their considerable cache of 20th Century hits. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) If the series is going to fully recover from Zack Snyder's early assault, it will have to better marry brains with brawn, resisting the false choice of Wan's salty blow out. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's a mystery at the heart of this film, but it's not the identity of Ezra Miller's non-descript wizard, or the sparing use of Depp's Hitlerlarian sorcerer, rather why did Rowling think there was enough material to hang an entire second movie on? - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) It's an effective sequel to two very different movies grown from the same cinematic DNA. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The movie's saving grace is its leading man, Rami Malek, and his blistering recreation of Mercury's on-stage performances, both of which capture our memories of Queen with comforting fidelity. - The Ooh Tray EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018